San Fernando City, La Union, Philippines
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List of Municipalities in the La Union province within Region I in the Republic of The Philippines
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Cities in the Province of La Union: San Fernando City (Capital)
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Geography of San Fernando City, La Union, Philippines
- Land Area of (as of 2007, in hectares)= 10,272
Location of San Fernando City, La Union, Philippines
Situated at the center of the Ilocos Region, San Fernando City, La Union is the region’s Regional Capital. It is located about 270 km north of Metro Manila. Considered as the Gateway to the North, San Fernando City is about 136 kilometers away from the Spanish-influenced tourist attractions in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, about 221 kilometers away from the white sand beaches of Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, and only 60 kilometers away from Baguio City, the Summer Capital of the Philippines. San Fernando City, with a total land area of 102.7 sq. km., is bounded on the south by the Municipality of Bauang, La Union, on the east by the Municipalities of Bagulin and Naguilian, La Union, on the north by the Municipality of San Juan, La Union, and on the west by the South China Sea.
History of San Fernando City, La Union, Philippines
The City of San Fernando is situated in the mountainous area at almost the mid-section of La Union along the China Sea. It was founded in 1786 and made the “cabecera” or provincial capital on the same day that La Union became province in 1850.
During the Spanish times, a settlement was a place where there were about 200 families. Around this area, there were two settlements, San Vicente de Balanac and San Guillermo de Dalangdang, San Vicente de Balanac was along the coast and during summer, when the sea was calm and perfect for sailing, pirates would come and plunder the settlement, taking along with them the women and children leaving behind them a trail of blood. San Guillermo de Dalangdang, however, was at the foothills of the Cordillera mountains, and during summer, when the fire trees were in bloom, the populace was attacked by headhunters who saw in the red flowers of fire trees, a sign of the gods asking for human offerings.
In 1759, an Augustinian priest, Father Jose Torres, convinced the two settlements to come together to a place not so near the sea and not so near the mountains so they will not be plagued by their annual problems. They chose the area called Pindangan, meaning, a place where they dry fish and in this place, they built in a church with San Guillermo the Hermit as the patron saint. In 1765, the newly assigned priest, however, suggested to the inhabitants that they change the name of Pindangan to San Fernando, after the Catholic King of Spain, retaining San Guillermo as their patron saint. The name of the parish priest was Father Fernando Rey, Rey being the Spanish word for King.
This was also the time of Diego Silang, and as we know, Silang would travel to and from Manila on his white horse and was killed on May 28, 1763. When an earthquake destroyed the church at Pindangan, renamed San Fernando, the parish priest decided not to rebuild in the same place because during the rainy season, the church was transferred until it found its present place, and it is now called the Cathedral of St. William the Hermit, of the Diocese of San Fernando, La Union.
On May 1786, the Ministerio de San Fernando was established. However, due to lack of priests during the period 1792 to 1831, San Fernando became a “visita” of Bauang and San Juan. In 1831, Father Juan Sorolla, the parish priest of Bauang in 1829, was assigned in San Fernando.
According to historical records, the construction of the present church started in 1817 by Father Simon Torrado with Father Sorolla as its first parish priest. San Fernando has grown slowly from the time it was founded. This slow growth maybe attributed to the fact that travels during those days was long and tedious. Sectionalism was rampant because education was not widely diffused. Intermingling of the people was limited to neighboring towns. Only the well-to-do and the powerful obtained their education and this too, was limited as it was then the policy of the Spaniards to deny education to the masses. In spite of this backward policy, the people improved economically, educationally and spiritually. An offshoot of this improvement was the revolt of the people against the Spaniards which assumed in greater proportions when the Spaniards became abusive.
Although the people were subservient to the ruling power, there were fateful prohibitions that cut deep into the private life of the people which found outlet in the form of uprisings and occasional revolts to give vent to their pent-up emotions. The climax came in 1896 when the country was swept by a widespread revolt. In 1898, the Spanish garrison in San Fernando was attacked by Filipino insurgents under the leadership of General Manuel Tinio and Mauro Ortiz. In the end, the Filipinos prevailed over the Spaniards.
Then the Americans came. Spain fell in ruins, victims of her own greed and ambition. San Fernando experienced naval bombardment of the Americans as well as actual fighting on land when General Gregorio del Pilar commanded the rearguard of General Emilio Aguinaldo to cover the latter’s retreat. In a short while, Aguinaldo and his officers and soldiers were captured by the Americans. Peace and order were restored. A democratic form of government took the place of that once proud despotic government of Spain. The people of San Fernando took advantage of all the Americans could teach politically and economically. San Fernando progressed with the rest of the towns in the province.
In 1941, the Japanese came. Japanese planes bombed San Fernando. The guerillas of the 21st Infantry became active and engaged a do or die battle against the Japanese Imperial Forces. A bloody fighting took place in Barrio Bacsil until the town was liberated in 1945.
The destruction of property in San Fernando was appalling. Only few houses remained standing in what was once a thriving town of beautiful houses. Thus, from the nibbles of war, San Fernando rose until it became the administrative capital of Region I. In May 14, 1996, the Sangguniang Bayan of San Fernando passed Resolution No. 20 requesting the House of Representatives, Congress of the Philippines for the conversion of the Municipality of San Fernando into a Component City. That time, the municipality of San Fernando had satisfactorily met the basic requirements for its conversion into Cityhood pursuant to the provisions of the Local Government Code 1991. In a certification issued by the Bureau of Local Government Finance, the average annual income of San Fernando for calendar years 1994, and 1995 based on 1991 constant prices was P 44,351,821.66. Further, in a certification by the Land Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the land area of San Fernando is 10,526 hectares, well above the minimum requirement of 10,000 hectares.
The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of La Union, after a comprehensive study and judicious evaluation of the petition of the Sangguniang Bayan of San Fernando, adopted Resolution No. 425-96 endorsing its cityhood bid to the House of Representatives, Congress of the Philippines. Upon the sponsorship of the Congressman Victor F. Ortega (1st District- La Union) at the House of Representatives, House Bill 7594 (Act Converting the Municipality of San Fernando, La Union into a Component City to be known as City of San Fernando) was approved.
The petition was likewise approved at the Upper House through the sponsorship of Senators Vicente Sotto III and Juan Flavier. On February 13, 1998, Republic Act 8509 was signed into law by President Fidel V. Ramos and finally on March 20, 1998, the residents of San Fernando manifested their resounding YES in the Plebiscite that ratified said law, thus, the fulfillment of the dream for San Fernando to become a city.
Located some 8 kilometers from the city proper, on a forest mountain is nestled the La Union Botanical Garden – a green spot on the map that is probably the only one of its kind in the country. The 10 hectare garden located at Barngay Cadaclan is a display of varied species of living plants and a sanctuary of varieties of wild animals. Clean and green are the bywords of the garden which provide the visitors maximum satisfaction and a healthful promenade.
The City of San Fernando is now the seat of national government agencies in Region I and center of trade, commerce, financial and educational institutions, among others. From a deep rooted potential of stable community governance to the best gift of Mother Nature- a seaport community governance to the best gift of Mother Nature- a seaport responsive to international shipping, an airport with viable capacity to accommodate international air traffic, natural terrain conducive to tourism development and a people endowed with cultural and virtuous heritage of industry, spirituality, nationalism and aspiration for growth, peace and prosperity, the City of San Fernando has emerged as the booming Metropolis of the North. (source of article verbatim from: www.sanfernandocity.gov.ph/)
People of San Fernando City, La Union, Philippines
- Population San Fernando City (as of Aug 1, 2007 census)= 114,813
- Registered Voters San Fernando City per the COMELEC as of (2010)= 65,471
Based on the Census of Population, San Fernando City’s population as of 2007 was 114,813 registering about 1.7 percent average annual population growth rate from 2000. As of 2007, its population density was recorded at 1,118 persons per sq. km. The major dialects/languages of the city’s population are Ilocano, Filipino and English. Roman Catholic is also the predominant religion of the population.
In 2000, the estimated household population 10 years old and over of the city was 79,667, most (13.6 percent) of them belong to the 10-14 years age group followed by the 15-19 age group at 12.9 percent. Women comprised 51.0 percent of the household population during the same year.
There were 20,755 households in the city in 2000 with an average household size of 4.9 persons.
The Sangguniang Panlungsod is composed of the City (Municipality) Vice-Mayor as Presiding Officer, regular Sanggunian members (Councilors), the President of the Association of Barangay Captains and the President of the Sangguniang Kabataan.
They shall exercise and perform the legislative powers and duties as provided for under Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991. Shall consider and conduct thorough study all matters brought to their attention and consequently pass resolutions, enact ordinances and to introduce recommendations.
- Elected officials of for the term of 2013-2016
- Mayor of San Fernando City: Pablo Campos Ortega - INDEPENDENT
- Vice-Mayor of San Fernando City: Hermenegildo "Dong" Andaya Gualberto - INDEPENDENT
- Councilors of San Fernando City:
- ORTEGA, ALF (NPC) NATIONALIST PEOPLES' COALITION 34463 10.27%
- ORTEGA, FRANCISCO PAOLO V (LP) LIBERAL PARTY 32625 9.72%
- NISCE, CHARY (NPC) NATIONALIST PEOPLES' COALITION 30186 8.99%
- ABAT, RUDY (NPC) NATIONALIST PEOPLES' COALITION 24347 7.25%
- JUCAR, TONY (NPC) NATIONALIST PEOPLES' COALITION 20577 6.13%
- DYQUIANGCO, LOLITA (LP) LIBERAL PARTY 20379 6.07%
- LAUDENCIA, RAMON (LP) LIBERAL PARTY 19109 5.69%
- DACANAY, ANDRE (LP) LIBERAL PARTY 19071 5.68%
- LACSAMANA, MARIO INDEPENDENT 19070 5.68%
- VERZOSA, FERDINAND (NPC) NATIONALIST PEOPLES' COALITION 19055 5.68%
- Elected officials of for the term of 2010-2013
- Mayor of San Fernando City: Pablo Campos Ortega
- Vice-Mayor of San Fernando City: Hermenegildo Andaya Gualberto
- Councilors of San Fernando City:
- Alfredo Pablo Ramos Ortega
- Francisco P V Padua Ortega
- Jonathan Justo Abrogar Orros
- Rodolfo Mondina Abat
- Joseph Bernard De Guzman Valero
- Joseph Munar De Guzman
- Andre Hufana Dacanay
- Florentino Guerrero Flores
- Marylin Rivera Jucar
- Lolita Guzman Dyquiangco
- Ramon Frigillana Laudencia
- Wilfredo Pulido Ordoño
Barangay Elected Officials of San Fernando City, La Union
Businesses in San Fernando City, La Union, Philippines
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- Businesses in San Fernando City
- Auto and Motorcycle dealers
- Banks and Financial Institutions in San Fernando City
- Clinics and Hospitals
- Convenient Stores, Hardware and Supplies, General Stores
- Department Stores and Appliance Stores
- Hotels, Motels, Pension Houses and Boarding
- Pharmacies or Drug Stores
- Repair Shops
- Restaurants, Carenderias, Coffee Shops and Resorts in San Fernando City
- Salons and Barber Shops
- Supermarket, wet market
- How to Improve Your Business and Livelihood
The Philippine Livelihood Program: The Philippine government provides several programs to enhance the livelihood of the Filipino people. The department of Science and Technology through its Technology Research Center (TRC) regurlarly conducts various types of hands-on and personalized training programs.
- DOST - Website
- UPLiFT stands for Urban Program for Livelihood Finance and Training. - Website
- DSWD Pro-poor and Livelihood Programs - Website
- San Fernando City Realty
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Churches, Mosques, or Places of Worship in San Fernando City, La Union, Philippines
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Schools in San Fernando City, La Union, Philippines
School year 2013-2014 starts June 3 and ends March 31, 2014, for public elementary and secondary schools. The school year will have 201 school days, of which 180 days are “nonnegotiable” student-teacher contact time.
The multisectoral Brigada Eskwela to prepare schools for the students’ return will be on May 21-26. Oplan Balik Eskwela will be from May 28 to June 8 while orientation on K to 12 for parents and other stakeholders will be on June 9.
Although private schools may deviate from the Department of Education (DepEd) calendar, they are enjoined not to start before June 3 and later than Aug 31.
School Year 2013-2014 in public elementary and high schools will start on June 3 and end on March 31, 2014 The name of your school in San Fernando City can be listed here. You can list it like this:
- Name of School. Private or Public. It can be an elementary school, high school, college.
- Address of your school
- Telephone Number
- Principal of the school
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Economy of San Fernando City, La Union, Philippines
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Natural Resources of San Fernando City, La Union, Philippines
- Protect the environment
It is sad but true that as of the year 2012 the rivers of the Philippines continue to be the #1 Sewer Systems of the Philippines.
Protect & Save the Rivers. Do not let your sewer drain into the river. Your community can be the first to initiate this project.
Build your riverbank protection with a built-in gutter system. Reforest within Ten Years - Guaranteed!
Let us plant more trees in every barangay in the entire Philippines. It does not make any difference if the barangay is urban, partially urban or rural; we need more trees. Trees will prevent erosion, provide oxygen, prevent green house effect, and even a place of business for the shade tree mechanic.
The Philippines is a tropical country and practically anything will grow. The DENR has the planting trees project that goes on every year. Lots of picture taking for the media. Planting trees one by one is the "human" way of doing it. This individual planting of trees is good if done to "line" the roads and highways with trees or along fences or property divisions, or if you have a plantation.
To reforest the nation of the Philippines we have to plant trees the "mother nature" way. Sow the seeds during the rainy season. Go deep into "bald" forests and plant trees by sowing seeds. If there's not enough volunteers to do this, use the military helicopters to fly over the designated areas and sow the seeds.
Guaranteed within a few years, The Philippines will be lush again. >>Read More
We are using our rivers as our sewer system. If you ask a Filipino, "Are the Filipinos a clean people?" The answer is an automatic, "Yes!". However, the Filipinos are suffering from the same disease or attitude as most people do, and that is the "NIMBY" disease or "NIMBY" attitude. (NIMBY) Not In My Back Yard. So it is OK to dump my garbage and sewer there. Not mine! Someone else will take care of it.
This attitude is killing our rivers. Your great-grandparents, grandparents or parents were once proud to tell the stories of how they enjoyed swimming in the river behind your house or nearby. However, you can't say the same or tell the same stories to your kids or grand kids. Why? Because your generation is killing the river.
- Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje
- Department of Environment and Natural Resources
- Visayas Avenue, Diliman, 1100 Quezon City, Philippines
We have so much water in the Philippines and yet very little to drink.
Instead of relying too much on Diesel fuel and Coal to generate the majority of Philippine's Electrical energy Supply, we can concentrate more on renewable and sustainable source of energy such as: Hydro Power, Solar Power, and Wind Power. We have too many black outs.
Tourists Attractions of San Fernando City, La Union, Philippines
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The sandy beaches of the city attract local and foreign tourists especially during the summer break. Another well-known tourist attraction is the La Union Botanical Garden. The 20-hectare Botanical Garden located in Barangay Cadaclan has theme parks, picnic grounds, museum of natural history, and extensive collection of flora. The Engineered Sanitary Landfill is also a popular eco-tour destination as it showcases effective solid waste management. Other tourist attractions of the city are the Bacsil Ridge, Pindangan Ruins and Macho Temple.
Festivals, Fiestas and Traditions of San Fernando City, La Union, Philippines
Every city has some sort of a festival or tradition that is celebrated every year. In the Philippines almost all barangays that are predominantly populated by Christians celebrate fiesta. Tell us about the festivals, fiestas and traditions of San Fernando City.
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- Hundreds of festively adorned carabaos are paraded by their farmer-owners on the street leading to the church; there the carabaos are made to kneel down as a homage to San Isidro de Labrado, the patron saint of farmers.
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Your Story about San Fernando City, La Union, Philippines
Tell your story about San Fernando City. You can talk about the good things in San Fernando City or simply talk about the past. You can talk about the eco-system of San Fernando City. What is the local LGU doing about the preservation of your natural resources? The topic can start here and once it gets bigger it can have a page of its own in Z-Wiki. It's all up to you.
The oldest man or woman in San Fernando City, La Union, Philippines
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Why Z-Wiki San Fernando City, La Union
We want to give the people of San Fernando City the ability to promote their city to the world via the internet by providing this interactive website. The growth of this website of San Fernando City is not depentent upon one individaul. This website will grow as more people of San Fernando City participate and provide valid information about the city and also by providing pictures about the city. More power to San Fernando City.
San Fernando City, La Union, Philippines supports Philippine Cycling
Philippine Cycling is about cycling in the Philippnes. Philippine Cycling helps promote bike races, cycling clubs, bicycle tours, and the development of bicycle trails. Activities are coordinated with bike shops and cycling clubs throughout the Philippines to promote the fun of riding bikes. Philippine Cycling will be coordinating events with tour of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Road biking and mountain bikings will be promoted by Philippine Cycling.
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